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I went last year and loved it! Just wondered if any of you would be there, too. One of my fav unschoolers, Pam Sorenson, is one of the keynote speakers. Lots of fun stuuf for kids and teens, too! You can check out info at the HSC website (not sure the link). Also, if you are planning on going, call the Radission hotel and make a reservation NOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Emily
 

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I wasnt aware of the one in August in Sac. I know there is the Expo in Riverside, Ca next weekend. I wanted to go to that one, but we are in San Jose and it is just too far and we dont have the funds to do a whole overnight trip and everything. But I could definitly do the Sac one!! woohoo! I need more info! Whats the difference between the one in Riverside and the one in Sac? Just different homeschooling organizations?
 

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<a href="http://www.hsc.org/" target="_blank">http://www.hsc.org/</a><br><br>
Hi! You know, I'm totally in the dark about the riverside one...But this one is fun! The's a yahoo group about hsc where people discuss the details of the conference. fyi, its way cheaper if you register by 6/15. hope you make it!!!!
 

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Oh, thanks! I will check out the site. I will probably go though. Sac isnt too far from me. Here's the info on the Riverside one. Although, it is next weekend, and its kinda far.<br><a href="http://californiahomeschool.net/events/expo/familyexpo.htm" target="_blank">http://californiahomeschool.net/even...familyexpo.htm</a>
 

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I love the HSC conference! We've gone for the past few years and have a great time! I definitely recommend staying at the Radisson to really take it all in. Plus its so convenient to be able to go back and forth to your room.<br>
Michelle<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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WooHoo!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"> Im gonna go to the HSC conference!! I am so excited, and I cant wait!<br><br>
Can you believe that the hotel is already booked for Friday night?! And they dont have the hs dicount available anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Oh well.<br><br>
I was able to book a room at the Rad for Saturday night.. so I guess I will have to drive up super early Saturday morning.<br><br>
My only concern is my dd. She will still be nursing then, and Ive never left her. She will come with me.. but Im so nervous to leave her with anyone. Im going to try and take my younger sister to babysit or something. Hopefully I can find someone.<br><br>
Has anyone used those babysitting coops they do? What was your experience with it?
 

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Last year I took my nursling, who had just turned three!, to most of the workshops with me. I just brought her crayons and playdough and she hung out. All the speakers and moms were incredibly baby/child friendly--only very loud, crying babes were taken out of the room for breaks. Sure my attention was more divided, but it still worked great for us. I suppose most of the other tots sitting in on workshops with their moms were more like babe and toddler age, but I figured since we're a nursing pair, we stick together. I'll probabaly take her to more talks this year, allthough my mom is along to babysit and will take her to the pool a lot too. I'm confident the babysitting coop is great--my dd would never go for it (staying with strangers) however. How old is you little one? We couldn't get a Friday room either, but I'm half glad because that saves big bucks off the top. We'll drive up early on Saterday too, and I'll do Radissions online Express check-out to streamline the time that takes. And then we'll try to hang out as late as possible Sunday--last year the last roundtable discussion of grownup homeschoolers went past 4pm.<br><br>
So cool that you're coming!<br><br>
One thing I loved about this conference was sneaking peeks of all the confident, creative, cool teenage homeschoolers who attend (they have all their own fun workshops and activities). It was so inspiring to picture my own dd, flourishing at that age.<br><br>
Are you at all interested in unschooling? I'm so jazzed about Pam Sorenson speaking--she's my fav!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The conference will be just a week after my dd turns one! She is VERY active, and I tried to take her to a lecture last weekend... what a mistake! :LOL She was pretty quiet, but she did not want to sit still.<br><br>
My teenage sister said she would come to babysit for me! woo hoo! My mom wants to join me as well.. but Im going to have her sit in on all the talks. She has been pretty supportive of homeschooling, but has clear doubts about it. My son is old enough to participate in all the pre-teen activites.<br><br>
We are very new to homeschooling and so Im not familiar with any of the speakers, except Diane Keith. (is that her name? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: ) Actually, I had never even given hs'ing a thought until my son got sick at the beginning of this year and had to stay home for awhile and they put him in the isp program through the district. I read a lot about hs'ing then, and it is perfect for us.<br><br>
Im sorta caught in the middle about where I stand when it comes to unschooling, or having actual lessons, workbooks, structured school time, kwim? I guess I fall somewhere in between. And then go back and forth depending on the day. :LOL<br><br>
Your going to be driving from humbolt county early Saturday?? How long will that take? I have family in Eureka.<br><br>
Gotta go... PM me.
 

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konadogsmom--I think HSC is perfect for a new homeschooler. It was the first conference I went to and I learned a lot!! Especially being that there is such a variety of homeschoolers there, it really helps to see all your options. I've noticed that some of the conferences I've gone to are basically set up just for vendors. Even the speakers are trying to sell you something!<br>
Have fun at the conference!
 

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<span>You can check out info at the HSC website (not sure the link). Also, if you are planning on going, call the Radission hotel and make a reservation NOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Emily[/QUOTE]<br><br><b>Here's the link:</b><br><a href="http://www.hsc.org/events/conference2005/" target="_blank">HSC's Home=Education Conference</a><br><br>
Besides Pam Sorooshian, there will be Linda Dobson and Diane Keith as keynote speakers. Linda has written a number of the best selling homeschooling books. Diane is the editor of Homefires.com, and author of Carschooling. There's information about all of them on the conference site.<br><br>
There are a hot of featured speakers and workshops, activities, kids' and families' activities - it's absolutely FABULOUS <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">! I went to my first in around 1991. There are parents' talks and workshops, panel discussions, teen workshops and activities, kids activities, a family dance, an opening night festivity for the whole family - an amazing weekend, surrounded by hundreds of other happy homeschoolers in a beautiful resort-like setting.<br><br>
The information about the rest of the many other speakers and workshops will be on the website within the next couple of days! I'm working with the conference coordinator on getting things posted there, so it was really gratifying to run across this thread here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian</span>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">konadogsmom--I think HSC is perfect for a new homeschooler. It was the first conference I went to and I learned a lot!! Especially being that there is such a variety of homeschoolers there, it really helps to see all your options. I've noticed that some of the conferences I've gone to are basically set up just for vendors. Even the speakers are trying to sell you something!<br>
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Does one have to be from Claifornia to go? It sounds so interesting. I would love to attend, especially as someone who will be new to homeschooling this Fall.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does one have to be from Claifornia to go? It sounds so interesting. I would love to attend, especially as someone who will be new to homeschooling this Fall.</div>
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Heavens no! There have been people from all over the country - as well as from Japan and Europe! One cyberfriend who was there from Alabama walked up to me with saucer eyes and told me she'd never experienced anything like it. She was absolutely flabbergasted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian
 

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<span>I was surprised to hear that rooms were so tight, so I asked the conference coordinator - there have been times when someone has just asked the wrong hotel person and been told room were gone when they weren't - but she confirmed that they are sold out. However, there are a host of hotels nearby, some awfully nice, and people will be going back and forth. Here's a list of hotels in the area:<br>
Sacramento Downtown Hotels<br><a href="http://sacramento.hotelguide.net/hl1dt.htm" target="_blank">http://sacramento.hotelguide.net/hl1dt.htm</a><br><br>
Hawthorn Suites<br>
321 Bercut Dr. · Sacramento<br>
916-441-1444 · 272 Rooms<br><br>
Holiday Inn-Capitol Plaza<br>
300 J Street · Sacramento<br>
916-446-0100 · 349 Rooms · 15 Suites<br><br>
Clarion Hotel Sacramento<br>
700 16th Street · Sacramento<br>
916-444-8000 · 233 Rooms · 6 Suites<br><br>
Econo Lodge<br>
711 16th Street · Sacramento<br>
916-443-6631 · 41 Rooms · 2 Suites<br><br>
La Quinta Inn Downtown<br>
200 Jibboom St. · Sacramento<br>
916-448-8100 · 168 Rooms<br><br>
Travelodge Sacramento Capitol Center<br>
1111 H Street · Sacramento<br>
916-444-8880 · 71 Rooms<br><br>
Vagabond Inn Sacramento<br>
909 3rd Street · Sacramento<br>
916-446-1481 · 107 Rooms<br><br>
Best Value Capitol Inn and Suites<br>
228 Jibboom St. · Sacramento<br>
916-443-4811 · 69 Rooms<br><br>
Hyatt Regency Sacramento<br>
1209 L Street · Sacramento<br>
916-443-1234 · 477 Rooms · 23 Suites<br><br>
Lions Gate Hotel & Suites<br>
3410 Westover St. · Sacramento<br>
916-643-6222 · 115 Rooms · 21 Suites<br><br>
Vizcaya<br>
2019 21st St. · Sacramento<br>
916-455-5243 · 9 Rooms · 3 Suites<br><br>
Embassy Suites Riverfront<br>
100 Capital Mall · Sacramento<br>
916-326-5000 ·<br><br>
Holiday Inn Express<br>
728 16th Street · Sacramento<br>
916-444-4436 · 132 Rooms<br><br>
Best Western Sutter House<br>
1100 H Street · Sacramento<br>
916-441-1314 · 98 Rooms<br><br>
Comfort Suites Downtown<br>
226 Jibboom St. · Sacramento<br>
916-446-9400 · 50 Rooms<br><br>
Homestead Studio Suites Sacramento<br>
2810 Gateway Oaks Dr. · Sacramento<br>
916-564-7500 · 143 Suites<br><br>
Quality Inn<br>
818 15th Street · Sacramento<br>
916-444-3980 · 37 Rooms · 4 Suites<br><br>
Vagabond Inn Midtown<br>
1319 30th St. · Sacramento<br>
916-454-4400 · 81 Rooms<br><br>
Amber House Bed & Breakfast Inn<br>
1315 22nd St. · Sacramento<br>
916-444-8085 · 14 Rooms<br><br>
Governors Inn<br>
210 Richards Blvd. · Sacramento<br>
916-448-7224 · 134 Rooms<br><br>
Inn Off Capitol Park<br>
1530 "N" Street · Sacramento<br>
916-447-8100 · 38 Rooms · 6 Suites<br><br>
Sterling Hotel<br>
1300 H Street · Sacramento<br>
916-448-1300 · 17 Rooms · 3 Suites<br><br><br>
Also, I didn't know about the babysitting co-op that was mentioned here, so I asked about that, and this was what she said:<br>
<<Cooperative Childcare<br>
Families with children 8 and under are welcome to participate in the Childcare Co-op, created for those of you who would like to attend some workshops but need childcare to do so. HSC will provide two huge,, blank, program grids near the Registration Desk;, one is for the time slot(s) you’d like childcare, and the other is for the time slot(s) you will give childcare. Sign -up in the appropriate grid squares with your name and room number (or cell phone number). Please indicate the names and ages of your children on the “I would like childcare” board. Please list how many you are willing to watch on the “I will watch” board. HSC suggests you offer to watch no more than 3 children at one time. Sign-ups can be ongoing throughout the conference. You are responsible for meeting and making arrangements with the other families. Putting your room number or cell phone number on the grid will facilitate connections. You may also choose to meet by just showing up at the sign-up area prior to the beginning of the session. The sign-up grids will be moved to the Playroom at noon on Saturday. HSC and agents assume no responsibility or liability for the cooperative childcare.>><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lillian</span>
 
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